Bay area grassroots group celebrates Bergdahl release

Homosassa, Florida --- In the Bay Area, one grassroots group is celebrating the release of the country's last POW in Afghanistan.

"Bring Bowe Home" has been working for months to keep Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl front and center in our minds.

"He was the only known living POW in Afghanistan," said "Bring Bowe Home" organizer Cynthia Holden.

Now that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is on his way back to the States, she says she can rest a little easier.

"To say I was ecstatic was an understatement. I'm still ecstatic," she said. "He is one of ours. All the soldiers, we have a camaraderie that just is phenomenal.

Like Bergdahl, Holden is a veteran and has been the moving force behind "Bring Bowe Home" in Citrus County.

The group has collected 8,000 signatures asking secretary of state John Kerry to do whatever is necessary to bring Bowe back. But what happens now that he has been released?

"We've got another close to 4,000 ready to go out and what we'll do with those is give those to Bowe," Holden said.

And others who've helped the movement agree.

"Well now I can finally sleep a little bit more," said Dorene Bettis.

She's been working with Cynthia on the campaign for just a few months.

"It just takes my heart and breaks my heart to think that somebody is away from their friends," she said.

And though Bowe isn't coming home to the sunshine state but Bettis says he's still "one of ours. He's our boy, whether he's a hometown boy or whether he's from anywhere in our country, he's ours."

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